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Higher R&D does not necessarily result in more or better patents

It is unclear that companies with the most significant increases in R&D spending are securing more, better quality or valuable patents.  A random study of the R&D spending and U.S. patent granted three years following of 12 leading technology companies conducted by Brody Berman Associates shows that costly corporate research spending does not necessarily result […]

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Does Google’s patent buying experiment put it in competition w/ Intellectual Ventures and RPX?

On Friday May 8 Google will launch a two week experiment in acquiring patents from mainly small businesses and inventors. Directly, or indirectly, the Patent Purchase Promotion (PPP) will be competing with NPEs and other operating companies for patent ownership. The announcement raises questions: Is Google taking a page the play book written by IV […]

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The state of patent value will be front and center at the IP Business Congress in SF

In 2011 the buzz at the IP Business Congress in San Francisco was about the high cost of potential smart phone patent deals. Bankrupt Nortel’s sale of a portfolio for $4.5 billion was announced during or just after IBPC, and Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility was announced a few days later. Since then patent […]

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Study: Alice v. CLS Bank led to a strong increase in subject matter patent invalidations

The Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International, a case involving computer software, has led to a marked increase in patents being invalidated under Section 101 of Title 35 the United States Code covering subject matter eligibility. The findings are part of “2014 Patent Litigation Year in Review,” just out from Lex Machina, […]

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Leading IP stocks for 1Q include VRNG, RMBS, TSRA, VHC & RPXC

Despite a soft first quarter 2015 for the 13 IP licensing company stocks that comprise the PIPX IP Stock Index, versus the S&P 500, individual winners and losers that bucked the trend. Vringo (VRNG), down 80.9% over the past 12 months, was up 18.2% in the quarter one, the most in the group. Also advancing […]

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Patent quality — Is a “shared responsibility”, says IBM; it does not represent invention quality or IP value

There is a great deal of agreement that patent quality is lacking, but surprisingly little about how to define and achieve it. Patent quality is typically associated with validity. Good patents are valid upon scrutiny, bad ones invalid. However, the term also refers to the relative importance of an invention and the value of the […]

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“IP Finance 2015″ will examine IP assets, transactions and challenges

IP Finance 2015, “Innovative Ways to Manage IP Assets for Maximum Return,” will bring together in New York on May 14 leaders in patent licensing and transactions, including those who fund them.  Following a successful IP Finance kick-off in May 2014, Premier Cercle™ is teaming up with Institutional Investor Magazine and Managing Intellectual Property for a sequel […]

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Patent ‘Quality Summit’ will be open to the public, March 25-26

The goal of the USPTO gathering is to promote discussion of ways to improve patent quality. The first Patent Quality Summit will take place at United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA on March 25-26. The two-day event’s opening session, “Perspectives on the Importance of Quality,” will feature corporate counsel, private practitioners, academics, economists, […]

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Rohrabacher to Congress: “Don’t let the ‘Innovation Act’ be a part of our legacy”

Not everyone agrees that another round of patent reform is necessary at this time. Doubters believe that the Innovation Act, H.R. 9 in its current form, will not improve the United States patent system, but merely make it more acceptable to some of the businesses threatened by it. Three recent articles make compelling arguments against the current […]

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For Samsung charity begins at “home,” Marshall, Texas

Samsung has had to defend itself from dozens of patent suits in the Eastern District of Texas, one of the most popular venues for patent plaintiffs.  At times it may feel to a defendant like a Texas version of the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’ The company so often finds itself in front of a Marshall, TX […]

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Life360: “It is a huge stretch to say we are infringing”

The comment that follows is from Life360 CEO Chris Hulls in response to the 2/9/15 IP CloseUp post, “Family App Developer Says it’s the Victim of a Patent ‘Troll’ — Research Indicates Otherwise.” “Bruce, Chris Hulls from Life360 here. “I genuinely appreciate your interest in this case. I would encourage you to dig into this […]

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Family App Developer Says it’s the Victim of a Patent “Troll” — Research Indicates Otherwise

When it comes to invention rights (patents) it is often difficult to determine who is a victim and who is merely promoting its agenda. Life360, which markets the world’s largest family tracking app, says it is being unfairly targeted by what it calls a patent troll, Advanced Ground Information Systems Inc.(AGIS).  SF-based Life360, which has raised […]

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